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Orange and Green will carry the Day

Author: Thomas Osborne Davis

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T. W. Rolleston

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  1. First published in the Nation.
    Other writings by Thomas Davis
  1. Thomas Davis, Essays Literary and Historical, ed. by D. J. O'Donoghue, Dundalk 1914.
  2. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy (ed.), Thomas Davis, the memoirs of an Irish patriot, 1840-1846. 1890. [Reprinted entitled 'Thomas Davis' with an introduction of Brendan Clifford. Millstreet, Aubane Historical Society, 2000.]
  3. Thomas Davis: selections from his prose and poetry. [Edited] with an introduction by T. W. Rolleston. London and Leipzig: T. Fisher Unwin (Every Irishman's Library). 1910. [Published in Dublin by the Talbot press, 1914.]
  4. Thomas Osborne Davis, Literary and historical essays 1846. Reprinted 1998, Washington, DC: Woodstock Books.
  5. Essays of Thomas Davis. New York, Lemma Pub. Corp. 1974, 1914 [Reprint of the 1914 ed. published by W. Tempest, Dundalk, Ireland, under the title 'Essays literary and historical'.]
  6. Thomas Davis: essays and poems, with a centenary memoir, 1845-1945. Dublin, M.H. Gill and Son, 1945. [Foreword by an Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera.]
  7. Angela Clifford, Godless colleges and mixed education in Ireland: extracts from speeches and writings of Thomas Wyse, Daniel O'Connell, Thomas Davis, Charles Gavan Duffy, Frank Hugh O'Donnell and others. Belfast: Athol, 1992.
Thomas Osborne Davis Orange and Green will carry the Day in , Ed. T. W. Rolleston Thomas Davis: Selections from his prose and poetry. The Talbot Press, Dublin and London, ([1910]) page 357–358


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Orange and Green will carry the Day: Author: Thomas Osborne Davis


Air—The Protestant Boys
  1. IRELAND! rejoice, and England! deplore—
    Faction and feud are passing away.
    'Twas a low voice, but 'tis a loud roar,
    ‘Orange and Green will carry the day.’
    Orange! Orange!
    Green and Orange!
    Pitted together in many a fray—
    Lions in fight!
    And linked in their might,
    Orange and Green will carry the day.
    Orange! Orange!
    Green and Orange!
    Wave them together o'er mountain and bay.
    Orange and Green!
    Our King and our Queen!
    ‘Orange and Green will carry the day!’
  2. Rusty the swords our fathers unsheathed—
    William and James are turned to clay—
    Long did we till the wrath they bequeathed,
    Red was the crop, and bitter the pay!
    Freedom fired us!
    Knaves misled us!
    Under the feet of the foemen we lay—
    Riches and strength
    We'll win them at length,
    For Orange and Green will carry the day!
    Landlords fooled us;
    England ruled us,
    Hounding our passions to make us their prey;
    But, in their spite,
    The Irish UNITE,
    And Orange and Green will carry the day!

  3. p.358

  4. Fruitful our soil where honest men starve;
    Empty the mart, and shipless the bay;
    Out of our want the Oligarchs carve;
    Foreigners fatten on our decay!
    Therefore blighted,
    Ruined and rent by the Englishman's sway;
    Party and creed
    For once have agreed—
    Orange and Green will carry the day!
    Boyne's old water,
    Red with slaughter!
    Now is as pure as an infant at play;
    So, in our souls,
    Its history rolls,
    And Orange and Green will carry the day!
  5. English deceit can rule us no more;
    Bigots and knaves are scattered like spray—
    Deep was the oath the Orangeman swore,
    ‘Orange and Green must carry the day!’
    Orange! Orange!
    Bless the Orange!
    Tories and Whigs grew pale with dismay,
    When from the North
    Burst the cry forth,
    ‘Orange and Green will carry the day!’
    No surrender!
    No Pretender!
    Never to falter and never betray—
    With an Amen,
    We swear it again,